Sony Reveals The Most Downloaded PlayStation Games Of 2020

Sony has revealed its most downloaded games of 2020, with lists spanning across the PlayStation 5, PS4 and PSVR.

The post, featured on the official PlayStation blog, collates the most downloaded games on each console, as well as specifically listing games that are free to play. 

Split screen of playstation 5 and miles morales
Credit: Insomniac Games/Sony

While these lists aren’t a complete picture in terms of how well each game sold in 2020, they do show how popular each release was, especially with players who prefer to buy digitally.

There’s also significance to be found in the popularity of digital downloads on the PS5, since the Digital Edition of the console marks the first PlayStation to be exclusively digital (unless you could the PSP Go, remember that little thing?)

While the list might not surprise some, it’s definitely interesting to see which games players chose to pair with their shiny new console:

2020 games
Credit: Ubisoft/Sony/Rockstar Games/Insomniac Games/Activision

PS5 Games

1Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarCall of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
2Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesMarvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
3Assassin’s Creed ValhallaAssassin’s Creed Valhalla
4NBA 2K21 Next GenerationFIFA 21
5Demon’s SoulsDemon’s Souls
6Madden NFL 21Watch Dogs: Legion
7FIFA 21Immortals Fenyx Rising
8Sackboy: A Big AdventureNBA 2K21 Next Generation
9Immortals Fenyx RisingSackboy: A Big Adventure
10Watch Dogs: LegionTom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

It’s perhaps surprising that PS5 exclusives such as Demon’s Souls aren’t higher up on the list, but this could be due to the game being bundled with systems. The PS4 top downloads follow a similar trend, with only a few exclusive exceptions taking a spot on the list:

GTA Image
Credit: Rockstar Games

PS4 Games

1Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarFIFA 21
2Grand Theft Auto VFIFA 20
3Call of Duty: Modern WarfareGrand Theft Auto V
4MinecraftCall of Duty: Modern Warfare
5Ghost of TsushimaCall of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
6The Last of Us Part IIMinecraft
7NBA 2K21NBA 2K20
8NBA 2K20The Last of Us Part II
9Final Fantasy VII RemakeThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
10Madden NFL 21Red Dead Redemption 2

It’s interesting to see how the likes of The Last of Us Part II and Ghost of Tsushima rank on this list, especially considering their AAA status. That being said, this is perhaps more a testament to the buying habits of gamers, with physical releases being more favourable with specific titles.

COD warzone
Credit: Activision

There’s also a list of the top downloaded free to play titles, which gives us an idea of what’s currently popular within the realms of free to play:

Free to play games (PS5 + PS4)

1Call of Duty: WarzoneCall of Duty: Warzone
2Rocket LeagueRocket League
4Apex LegendsApex Legends
5Rogue CompanyHyper Scape
6Hyper ScapeGenshin Impact
7Genshin ImpactRogue Company
8Destiny 2Brawlhalla
9BrawlhallaDestiny 2
10Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 LiteeFootball PES 2020 Lite

If there’s one thing that’s certain across the board, it’s that the Call of Duty franchise is very popular within the digital market. While this could be a reflection of specific player base buying habits, these lists only part of a bigger picture. There’s definitely evidence to suggest that more and more players are going digital, with Sony themselves claiming that “51% of all games sold on PS4 in [financial year] 2020 were digital.”

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Featured Image Credit: Ubisoft/Sony/Rockstar Games/Insomniac Games/Activision